Christmas Around the World Display at Reagan Library in Simi Valley Nov 16, 2019 to Jan 5, 2020

Christmas Around the World includes 26 exquisitely decorated trees representing the 26 countries that President Reagan visited while in office, as well as a White House Tree. Decorations encompass the bright and festive colors of the Caribbean, the crystals of the Nordic countries and the traditional decorations of England and Europe. Of particular note is the Vatican tree decorated entirely with white ornaments featuring a life-size white peacock that adorns the tree’s branches. The featured tree is an elegant reproduction of President and Mrs. Reagan’s White House tree complete with “Reagan Red” decorations and dozens of hand-blown glass ornaments.

Also on display will be a collection of beautiful hand-crafted Menorahs that were given to President Reagan while in the White House.

Exhibit is included in the cost of admission to the museum.

www.reaganfoundation.org/library-museum/special-exhibits/christmas-around-the-world/

“Egypt’s Lost Cities” Exhibition at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley October 5, 2019 through April 12, 2020

The crew of IEASM is assembled to watch the colossal bust of god Hapy being raised, strapped with webbings, for the first time in more than 2000 years out of the waters of Aboukir bay, Egypt.  Photo: Christoph Gerigk © Franck Goddio / Hilti Foundation

The crew of IEASM is assembled to watch the colossal bust of god Hapy being raised, strapped with webbings, for the first time in more than 2000 years out of the waters of Aboukir bay, Egypt.

Photo: Christoph Gerigk © Franck Goddio / Hilti Foundation

Time may have eroded the memory of a civilization but not the mystery of what was. Long ago, two bustling cities in ancient Egypt were known throughout the world as cultural centers of power, of wealth, of trade, and novel artistry. One day as the Mediterranean sun beat down on the bay of Aboukir, the cities slipped into the sea without a whisper of wind, buried for centuries. Determined to recover the cities that vanished, Franck Goddio, an economist by trade and underwater archaeologist at heart, delivered the discovery of a millennium, for he located not a shipwreck, but an entire civilization. This remarkable story will be told at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum’s Egypt’s Lost Cities exhibition.

“Egypt’s Lost Cities brings back to life two cities that time forgot,” said John Heubusch, executive director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute. “We’re privileged to bring this rich story of ancient cities from the time of ancient Pharaohs and Alexander the Great -- both lost at sea -- to the Reagan Library. It’s a find as magnificent as Atlantis, something you just have to see to believe.”

Opening on October 5, 2019 and running through April 12, 2020, Egypt’s Lost Cities showcases more than 250 of these authentic artifacts, including three colossal 16-foot sculptures of an Egyptian pharaoh, a queen, and a god. The Reagan Library will also display The Stele de Ptolemy VIII Euergetes II, an 18-ton monolith, the first time this artifact has ever been on display in the United States.

Additional highlights of the exhibition include:

  • Precious gold coins and jewelry

  • Bronze vessels

  • Objects inscribed in the ancient Egyptian or Greek languages

  • Statues from the sunken and forgotten ancient cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus, including the statue of the god Hapi. Made of red granite, the statue is 18 feet tall and weighs 8 tons. It is the biggest statue of a god ever discovered in Egypt.

“Visitors will be able to see artifacts which have never seen before,” said Franck Goddio, curator and underwater archaeologist who discovered the two lost cities. “This exhibition shows the result of 22 years of work on those two sunken cities. For me and my team it is extremely gratifying to know that this superb exhibit has been chosen to appear at the Ronald Reagan Library.”

An archaeologist checks the stele of Thonis-Heracleion raised under water on site in the city of Heracleion. Thonis-Heracleion, Aboukir Bay, Egypt (SCA 277), National Museum, Alexandria - IEASM Excavations.  Photo: Christoph Gerigk © Franck Goddio / Hilti Foundation

An archaeologist checks the stele of Thonis-Heracleion raised under water on site in the city of Heracleion. Thonis-Heracleion, Aboukir Bay, Egypt (SCA 277), National Museum, Alexandria - IEASM Excavations.

Photo: Christoph Gerigk © Franck Goddio / Hilti Foundation

To help tell the story of these ancient lost cities, these artifacts will be seen alongside ancient Egyptian artifacts from museums in Cairo and Alexandria. This not-to-be-missed exhibition is ideal for the entire family. For more information and to pre-purchase tickets, please visit www.reaganlibrary.com/lostcities.

This exhibition was organized with the Institut Européen d’Archéologie Sous-Marine with the generous support of the Hilti Foundation and in collaboration with the Ministry of Antiquities of the Arab Republic of Egypt. It is underwritten in part through the generosity of the Salem Media Group, in conjunction with AM870 The Answer Los Angeles and 99.5 KKLA FM Los Angeles.

The Reagan Library is located at 40 Presidential Drive in Simi Valley. Public hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The Museum is closed only on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day. For Museum admission fees, visit www.reaganlibrary.com. As large crowds are expected to view the exhibition, pre-purchased timed-entry tickets are recommended by visiting www.reaganlibrary.com/tickets. For more information, call (800) 410.8354 or visit www.reaganlibrary.com/lostcities.

2nd Annual Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise Haunted House September 21 through October 31

2nd Annual Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise Haunted House

Sinister Playground presents Freak Show

It's almost time to open the gate to the Freak Show. We have explored the deepest, darkest recesses for the creepiest creatures dead and alive to drag to the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise's Sinister Playground’s Freak Show so they can scare the YELL out of you this year.

The monies raised through this haunted house will support the local programs of the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise, which includes scholarships for high school students and funding for non-profits throughout Simi Valley.

LOCATION: “Abandoned” Men’s Macy’s Store located at the Simi Town Center: 1657 Simi Valley Town Center Way, Simi Valley

SCHEDULE: *

· Open every Friday & Saturday, September 21 through October 26, from 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm. ad well as October 30 & 31 from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm.

· Open for the Behind the Screams Lights-On Tour every Saturday, September 21 through October 26, from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

*Anyone in line with a ticket by closing time is guaranteed entry to the Haunt.

ADMISSION ATTRACTIONS AND PRICING:

1. Dark Tours - During “Dark Tours” guests are exposed to the full onslaught of having all their senses frightened. (May be considered TOO intense for the more sensitive or faint of heart.

· General Admission: $20

· RIP: $25

(The RIP Ticket grants you a shorter wait time to experience the "Freak Show" and grants access to the RIP Lounge when finish the Haunt.)

2. Coffin Ride - Take a wild ride in the nation's only "Double Wide Simulated Coffin Ride" and see what awaits you after the mortician finishes his handy work. You will hear the sound and feel the movement of the Freak Show grave diggers loading you into a Hot Rod Hearse and taking you for "Your Last Ride". You will smell the roses from your gravesite and the dirt as you are being shoveled into your plot. Just when you think all is lost, you realize you're not alone in the dark. We promise an adventure you'll remember 'til the day you die!!!

· Single Occupancy: $7

· Double Occupancy: $10

3. "Behind the Screams" Lights-On Tour - In order to allow everyone to enjoy the haunt, we offer a daytime Behind the Screams “lights on” tour for the younger, more sensitive and fainter of heart. During this tour our guests can walk through the haunt with the lights on see how the haunt works as well as gently touch and feel the props without worrying that something is going to jump out at them. These Behind the Screams “lights on” tours are offered Saturday’s from 10:00am-5:00pm.

· General Admission: $13

Visit sinisterplayground.com to purchase tickets today!

Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise is a group of dedicated people who share a passion for both community service and friendship. We meet every Thursday morning at the Grand Vista Hotel at 7 am for friendship and fellowship. Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group of professionals who share your drive to give back. For more information about our club or to attend a meeting, please visit our website at https://rotaryclubofsimisunrise.org/.

Pompeii: The Exhibition at Reagan Library in Simi Valley Opens on October 6, 2018

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Around mid-morning on August 24, 79 A.D., Mount Vesuvius erupted. Molten rock and pumice were expelled from the volcano at a rate of 1.5 million tons per second. Rocks and volcanic ash filled the atmosphere, turning day into night. Within 24 hours, the Roman city of Pompeii lay destroyed – and perfectly preserved – under 15 feet of ash and volcanic debris. Now come experience both the splendor of Ancient Rome when Pompeii bustled as a commercial port and strategic military and trading city and the horror and aftermath of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum’s all new exhibition,Pompeii

“This extraordinary exhibition takes you back in time to vividly experience what it was like to live in Pompeii over 2,000 years ago,” said John Heubusch, executive director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute. “Through the use of authentic artifacts, visitors to the Reagan Library will encounter life in the bustling city of Pompeii before time stopped, and then, through the use of a 4-D Eruption Theater, will feel the gravity of thousands of deaths, frozen in time.”

Opening on October 6, 2018, Pompeii features over 150 authentic artifacts on loan from the renowned Naples National Archaeological Museum in Italy. These are not replicas, but rather original, 2,000-year-old objects that were preserved in the ash. These artifacts include wall-sized frescos, marble and bronze sculptures, jewelry, ancient Roman coins, and full body casts of the volcano’s victims. The exhibit will run through April 21, 2019.

These artifacts, set in scenic depictions of their original surroundings, tell the tale of the bustling city of Pompeii, hidden from view and forgotten for centuries until its rediscovery over 250 years ago. The catastrophic power of volcanoes is also illustrated through an immersive 4-D CGI experience of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The impact and devastation are evidenced by full body casts (plaster casts made from the hollows left in the ash that hardened around the now disintegrated bodies of the victims, found upon excavation), eerily preserved in their final moments.

Highlights of the exhibition include:

  • Introductory theater where the scene is set in a video with dramatic reconstructions that describes Pompeii and the nearby Highlights of the exhibition include: volcano.

  • Visitors are then transported back in time to 79 A.D. and find themselves in a reproduced atrium from a Roman villa, where they will embark on a journey through the ancient city.

  • Through the use of projections, audio, video, photographic murals, and graphic reproductions of frescoes and mosaics, visitors will experience different locations that existed in the city, including a market, a temple, theater, and baths.

  • Over 150 authentic artifacts will help bring the story of Pompeii to life. These remarkable objects include: mosaics and frescoes, gladiator helmets, armor, and weapons, a ship’s anchor, lamps, jugs, cups, plates, pots and pans and other household objects and furniture, jewelry, medical instruments, and tools.

  • A 4D Eruption Theater will allow visitors to experience the impact Mount Vesuvius had on this ancient city.

  • The culminating experience of the exhibit is a room with body casts of human forms forever frozen in time. 

This not-to-be-missed exhibition is thrilling for adults and appropriate for the whole family. For more information and to pre-purchase tickets, visit www.reaganlibrary.com/pompeii.

The Reagan Library is located at 40 Presidential Drive in Simi Valley, California. Public hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The Museum is only closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day. For Museum Admission fees, visit www.reaganlibrary.com. As large crowds are expected to view the exhibition, pre-purchased timed-entry tickets are recommended by visiting www.reaganlibrary.com/tickets.

For more information, call (800) 410.8354 or visit www.reaganlibrary.com/pompeii.

Genghis Khan: The Exhibition at Reagan Library February 16 to August 19, 2018

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What do pants, the pony express, cannons, paper money, skis, violins, bakhlava and “hooray!” have in common? Answer: Genghis Khan introduced them all to the West.

Not Genghis the brutal barbarian of Western history books, but Genghis the great civilizer and lawmaker, whose empire brought each of these innovations to the west, including 13th Century Mongolian-style democracy.

Now the most comprehensive exhibition of Genghis Khan and his treasures invades the Reagan Library, its only Southern California stop on an international tour that has drawn more than a million visitors. Genghis Khan: The Exhibition will be on display at the Reagan Library from February 16 to August 19, 2018.

Daily Live Cultural Performances Within The Exhibit at 11am, 1pm and 3pm!

As the exhibit strikingly portrays, Genghis’s reputation as the greatest conqueror is well-deserved – he dominated three times more land in his lifetime than either Julius Caesar or Alexander the Great, a conquest attested to by the formidable array of swords, bows, arrows, saddles and armor included on display in Genghis Khan. In fact, the historic exhibition showcases hundreds of artifacts from Genghis’s 13th century Empire, the largest such collection ever to tour.

However, this special exhibition presents a more complete image of the legendary leader whom Time Magazine and CNN named “The Man of the Millennium.” As visitors discover, Genghis not only created the nation of Mongolia and its written language, but his lineage established the modern borders of nations from India to Iran, Korea to China as well as opened the trade routes that united East and West, forever after.

Visitors will experience the exhibition through the eyes of a Mongolian resident, receiving a civilian identity card at the beginning of their journey. From warrior to spy to princess, follow this character’s life throughout the rise of the great Mongol Empire.

The exhibition features loans by private collectors from Mongolia, Azerbaijian and the United States. More info at ReaganLibrary.com/Khan.

#KidMagician at Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center on January 14-29, 2017

#KIDMAGICIAN

January 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29, 2017

Saturday at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm, Sunday at 2:00 pm

Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave in Simi Valley

Presented by 3000 Miles Off Broadway. Fun for the entire family! DON'T MISS the stars of America's Got Talent Kaden and Brooklyn Rockett in #KidMagician playing a limited engagement at SVCAC in January.  Kid magicians Kadan Bart Rockett & Brooklyn Nicole Rockett stole the hearts of the nation on NBC'sAmerica's Got Talent this year when they became the youngest entertainers to make it to the TOP 14 Semi-Finals out of 50,000 auditions.  Simon Cowell dubbed them "The next Harry Potter".  Heidi Klum, Mel B & Howie Mandel all were blown away with their amazing stage presence and abilities way beyond their years.  Known for their unique take on magic/illusions and witty banter, they have taken everyday objects and put them together in the most creative of ways to produce illusions that rival the worlds top magic acts!  Their father, Bart Rockett who is also a professional magician/illusionist & ventriloquist will be joining them on stage as they share their amazing talents. Tickets for #KidMagician are $25 for Adults, $22 Seniors 60 & Above and $20 for children 12 & Under and can be purchased online at www.simi-arts.org or by calling (805) 583-7900. A family four pack is also available for $60.  Four pack only available by calling the box office at (805) 583-7900. 

"Interactive! The Exhibition" at Reagan Library October 22, 2016 through April 16, 2017

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum will open the fully immersive Interactive! The Exhibition - How Popular Culture Reshapes Technology on October 22, 2016. This 10,000 sq ft exhibition offers a riveting, memorable exploration of popular culture's impact on technology - past, present and future - and its direct effect on how we live and work, how we move, how we connect and how we play. Transporting yourself back to the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's will show museum visitors firsthand how popular culture from those decades inspired the technology of today and for the future. Interactive will be on display through April 16, 2017.

In Interactive, Virtual Reality and more is at your fingertips, including:

  • Over a dozen immersive games await, including Virtual Reality Gaming by Oculus Rift.
  • Robotic arm interactives, 80's gaming stations and more.
  • Manipulate a Mars Rover replica.
  • Get up close with the first ever 3D printed car, by Local Motors.
  • Examine communications from the landline rotary telephone and VCR to smartphones.
  • Check out jetpacks, Marty McFly's hoverboard and even meet Baxter the robot!


Developed by Stage Nine Exhibitions, Interactive is a large-scale, hands-on examination of how popular culture in movies, books, TV, and the arts has influenced modern technology and changed the ways we live,work, move, connect and play. In addition to a wide variety of 'hands-on" experiences, including Oculus Rift virtual reality, interactive robots, the driverless car, multiple gaming stations, remote control drones, 3D printing stations, and more, Reagan Library visitors will also get up close to some of science fiction's most iconic characters, including an interactive R2D2 from Star Wars, a T-800 endoskeleton from The Terminator, and a full-size Alien from the Alien films. Did the producers of Star Trek invent the smart phone? What science fiction today will become reality tomorrow? The exhibit also showcases the creative inspiration behind legendary innovators such as Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, and Walt Disney.

Guests of Interactive will discover four featured areas exploring the science and technology in human everyday life.

How We Play:
Examines the technology of entertainment and its impact on how people spend their free time. Highlights include a virtual reality gaming by Oculis Rift, 3D projected playing fields and hands-on activities with familiar and cutting-edge music instruments.

How We Connect:
Communications technology is truly the game changer of the 21st century, which brought us to a new era and the birth of social media. This part of the exhibition explores the relationship between communications and technology by looking at the history and future of communication, from landline rotary telephones and VCRs, to video chats and smartphones. Artificial intelligence and distant alien lifeforms are featured as technology blending with popular culture and science fiction. Guests will learn about communication in our social history, how far we've come, and where we're going.

How We Move:
This area examines the history and evolution of human transport. This segment includes a detailed overview of how technologies have advanced the way we move around the planet. Showcased are popular culture hallmarks in transportation including Mars rovers, jetpacks, Marty McFly's hoverboard, the first 3D printed car by Local Motors and artistic sketches featuring future plans for flying cars from Hyundai and the roll-out of the high-speed transportation system, the Hyperloop™.

How We Live and Work:
This area presents some of the most fascinating innovations currently shaping our lives, many of which were predicted in books and movies. Here guests will experience how those dreams have turned into reality, including real-world robots, customized objects from the International Space Station and more.

  • Over a dozen immersive games await, including Virtual Reality Gaming by Oculus Rift.
  • The Mars Rover
  • HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Hands-on robotics
  • Virtual projection games
  • Futuristic musical instrument technology
  • Jet pack from Disney's The Rocketeer
  • Autopia car from Disney's Tomorrowland
  • Artistic renderings from visual futurists who created the look of Blade Runner™, Star Wars™, Alien™ and much more

THE RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY:
The Reagan Library is located at 40 Presidential Drive in Simi Valley. Public hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The Museum is only closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day. For Museum Admission fees, please visit www.reaganlibrary.com. Museum exhibit tickets may be pre-purchased at www.reaganlibrary.com/tickets. For more information, call (800) 410.8354 or visit www.reaganlibrary.com/interactive.